Average Bench: 64.6% (168th of 1015)

more Based on 7,594 user benchmarks.  Models: WDC WD20PURX-64P6ZY0, WDC WD20 PURX-64PFUY0, WDC WD20 PURX-78P6ZY0, WDC WD20PURX-64P6EY0, WDC WD20PURX-89P6ZY0, WD20PURX-68P8ZY0, WDC WD20PURX-89P6ZYO, WDC WD20 PURX-64GVNY0, WD20PURX-64P6ZY0, WDC WD20PURX-78P6ZY0, WDC WD20PURX-64E5EY0, WDC WD20 PURX-64P6ZY0, WD20PURX-64GVNY0, WDC WD20PURX-64D85Y0, WDC WD20PURX-64GVNYO, WDC WD20PURX-64GVNY0, WDC WD20PURX-60P6ZY0, WDC WD20PURX-64P6ZYO, WDC WD20PURX-64P, WDC WD20PURX-70P6ZY0, WDC WD20PURX-78P6ZYO, WDC WD20PURX-78P6ZY0, WDC WD20PURX-64PFUY0, WDC WD20PURX-78P, WDC WD20PURX-89P

The WD Purple is a surveillance drive with low power consumption and a design that's optimized for 24x7 operation. There is actually little beyond marketing that separates the Purple from the Red and Green drives. They all share almost identical hardware. The thing that does differentiate the Purple drives is their firmware which supports AllFrame, a surveillance specific feature. Allframe handles the cache in a way that is optimized for video streams. The AllFrame technology however is only enabled when used in conjunction with a supported host controller, most of which are only found in dedicated NVR (Network Video Recording) devices. As a result there is no benefit in using this drive in a HTPC to record video streams, because the surveillance specific functions won't be enabled. In terms of effective speed the Purple lags the new Red and Green drives by around 26%. [Oct '14 HDrivePro]

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Above average average bench

The WD Purple 2TB (2014) averaged 35.4% lower than the peak scores attained by the group leaders. This isn't a great result which indicates that there are much faster alternatives on the comparison list.

Strengths

Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed 0.87MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed 2.11MB/s

Average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the WD Purple 2TB (2014) is 48%. This is a relatively wide range which indicates that the WD Purple 2TB (2014) performs inconsistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed 60.2MB/s
Avg. Sustained Write Speed 110MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 7,594 samples)
Min Avg Max
61.7 Read 115 151
67.2 Write 113 148
24.7 Mixed 60.2 76.5
59.7 SusWrite 110 148
72.9% 99.6 MB/s
Min Avg Max
0.5 4K Read 0.71 0.9
0.5 4K Write 2.11 2.7
0.4 4K Mixed 0.87 1
166% 1.23 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest HDD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
920GB free
Firmware: 80.00A80
SusWrite @10s intervals: 125 126 127 128 127 126 MB/s
Read 157
Write 147
Mixed 80.6
SusWrite 126
94% 128 MB/s
4K Read 0.6
4K Write 2.4
4K Mixed 0.7
147% 1.23 MB/s
818GB free
Firmware: 0A80
SusWrite @10s intervals: 133 134 133 133 134 132 MB/s
Read 128
Write 126
Mixed 62.3
SusWrite 133
82% 112 MB/s
4K Read 0.8
4K Write 2.6
4K Mixed 0.9
182% 1.43 MB/s
995GB free
Firmware: 80.00A80
SusWrite @10s intervals: 122 120 124 125 123 125 MB/s
Read 127
Write 121
Mixed 68.1
SusWrite 123
80% 110 MB/s
4K Read 0.8
4K Write 2.7
4K Mixed 0.9
183% 1.47 MB/s
676GB free
Firmware: 80.00A80
SusWrite @10s intervals: 96 99 102 99 102 101 MB/s
Read 105
Write 108
Mixed 60.5
SusWrite 99.8
68% 93.2 MB/s
4K Read 0.8
4K Write 2.5
4K Mixed 0.9
180% 1.4 MB/s
177GB free
Firmware: 80.00A80
SusWrite @10s intervals: 94 96 98 97 96 96 MB/s
Read 66.8
Write 75
Mixed 53.8
SusWrite 96.1
54% 72.9 MB/s
4K Read 0.4
4K Write 2.3
4K Mixed 0.8
148% 1.17 MB/s
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 Prices

Approx. $93 @ launch in Jul '14
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Typical Purple 2TB (2014) Builds (Compare 32,898 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 75%
Battleship
Desktop
Desktop 80%
Battleship
Workstation
Workstation 56%
Gunboat

Motherboard: Asus Z170 PRO GAMING - $228

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 62% - Good Total price: $1,019

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